On McCann’s next deal, Moneyball and more

What would have happened if the Braves last month had offered Brian McCann a five-year deal worth $75 million? Would he have taken it?

Maybe. I have no idea. But we’ll probably never know now.

McCann isn't going to win a Gold Glove anytime soon, but he's the best hitting catcher in the National League, and pitchers say his game-calling and leadership have grown steadily over the years.

McCann isn't going to win a Gold Glove anytime soon, but he's the best hitting catcher in the National League, and pitchers say his game-calling and leadership have grown steadily over the years.

I feel fairly comfortable saying that if they offer him a five-year, $75 million deal next week or next month or next year, he’s not going to jump to sign it. Not after St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina just got a five-year, $75 million deal.

Sorry, Cardinals fans, but if Molina is worth $15 million per year then McCann is worth $18 million to $20 million per year in my opinion. And I’ll bet an American League team or two agrees with me.

While I understand why the Braves have waited to initiate contract-extension talks with McCann, since he was still signed through this year with a club option for 2013, in this case waiting might prove costly.

Because most people in baseball agree it would cost the Braves more money to sign McCann after that rather shockingly large Molina deal. Or it’s going to cost them in the eyes of many fans when he goes to a big-market AL team that offers more cash.

I know you can’t make decisions based solely on fans’ opinions, but this is a really popular and very productive perennial All-Star and hometown guy.

Don’t think for a moment that he’s not going to get bigger offers from at least one or two AL teams than what he’ll get from the Braves, with their modest payroll. He might even get a larger offer from an NL team. We’ll have to wait to see.

Yes it makes perfect sense for a team with a $150 million (or higher) payroll and a catching need to offer $20 million or more per season to McCann. But a team with a $90-95 million payroll would not be nearly so comfortable offering nearly a quarter of its payroll to one player — let alone one who plays a grueling position, who might not be able to play that position effectively on a daily basis five or six years from now, or sooner.

If you’re an AL team with a $150 million payroll, McCann could look extremely attractive as a free agent after the 2013 season, when he’ll likely be an eight-time All-Star and six or seven-time Silver Slugger with a career average OPS that’s still way above the career-HIGH OPS that Molina had in 2011.

Yes, I know that Molina is the best defensive catcher in the National League, but his defensive edge over McCann doesn’t offset the huge offensive edge that McCann has over him. At least in my opinion. But maybe the Braves see that differently. I don’t know; they’re not discussing the situation with the media.

When it comes to hitting, most of McCann's career-worst single-season numbers are better than Yadier Molina's career bests.

When it comes to hitting, most of McCann's career-worst single-season numbers are better than Yadier Molina's career bests.

It was important for the Cards to keep Molina, a four-time Gold Glove winner, three-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion for St. Louis, because of what he means to their pitching staff and because of how devastating it might have been to St. Louis to lose him so soon after losing Albert Pujols to free agency and both manager Tony La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan. They need Molina to run that staff.

I understand that.

But Molina, who’ll be 30 on July 13, had an .688 career OPS before posting career-best totals last season in virtually every offensive category — .305 average, .349 OBP, 14 homers, 65 RBIs, .465 slugging percentage and .814 OPS.

McCann has an .844 career OPS, and his career-worst .817 OPS last season was better than the career-best that Molina posted. McCann slumped for two months after returning too soon from an oblique strain last summer, but still ended up with a .351 OBP and .817 OPS – both of those numbers were better than Molina’s career-best totals.

Molina’s career-high 14 homers and 65 RBIs? McCann has career lows of 18 homers and 71 RBIs in his six seasons, and has more than 20 homers in five of those six seasons and at least 87 RBIs in four of the six.

If Molina was worth $15 million per year entering his 29-year-old season and Joe Mauer was worth $23 million per season in the contract he signed entering his 27-year-old season, then what would McCann be worth if the Braves negotiated with him now, entering his 28-year-old season?

What would McCann be worth if they wait to negotiate with him next winter, entering his 29-year-old season? (The Braves have a $12 million option for the 2013 season.)

McCann is from Duluth and loves playing for the Braves. He’s big in the community, couldn’t be easier or better for the Braves to deal with in terms of being an ambassador for the team and poster boy for the franchise image.

He’s one of the few high-profile athletes who seems to have no trouble balancing the demands of playing in his hometown in front of family and friends without allowing the pressures to become overwhelming.

But can the Braves and McCann find a compromise between what his value is to an NL team and what it could be to an AL team with a ton of money and the DH option as a fallback? He’s surely not worth as much to any other team as he is to the Braves, because of the deep ties he already has in the community and his popularity with fans (not to mention teammates, who love the guy and consider him their on-field leader).

It’s a tough call. I can see the Braves’ side if they don’t feel comfortable offering McCann even what Molina made, much less what McCann could command on the open market.

The Braves could lose Chipper Jones and McCann at the same time or within a 12-month period, depending whether Chipper returns for one more season in 2013 or hangs ‘em up after this year. Some would say that could be a huge blow to fans. Others would argue that fans are drawn to winning and that winning is the salve for anything unpleasant.

Chipper Jones (left) is nearing the end of his career, all with the Braves. Will Brian McCann (right) stay long-term with the Braves after current deal is up?

Chipper Jones (left) is nearing the end of his career, all with the Braves. Will Brian McCann (right) stay long-term with the Braves after current deal is up? (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

A big-payroll AL team could simply move McCann to DH if at some point the rigors of catching make it impossible for him to play the position on a daily basis. And if he can keep catching through 35, 36 years old, then so be it.

But if the Braves sign him to a deal with a $18 million average salary, they could be in a position at the end of the contract where they’re paying one-fifth of their payroll to a player who needs to play another position at least part of the time — a player who never has played another position and might only be suited at that point of his career for playing first base or DHing if he’s not catching.

It’d be a whole lot easier to deal with having such a player on the payroll if he had a $15 million salary than if he’s got one of $18-20 million. It’d be a lot easier to trade him to an AL team if things got to that point and DHing became the obvious prudent career move for a guy who’s such a natural hitter and such a hard worker, too, that he should be able to produce with the bat for as long as he can get around the bases.

Maybe I’m wrong, and the market for McCann won’t be there. Maybe the Molina contract won’t affect his potential on the market, since they are such different players. Maybe a team like Boston won’t see McCann as a perfect fit and offer him five years and $90-100 million.

The Braves have a top catching prospect, Christian Bethancourt, who might possibly be ready in two years. He’s a highly skilled defensive catcher who can run and has raw offensively potential. But for now, Bethancourt can only dream of someday becoming the type of hitter McCann has been since the day he arrived in Atlanta.

There’s also the from-out-of-nowhere slugger Evan Gattis, who has made himself into a 25-year-old prospect after winning the South Atlantic League batting title and hitting 22 homers in only 88 games last season at Class-A Rome.

But who knows whether Gattis, who was out of baseball for four years, will continue his remarkable rise or whether he’ll develop into a solid big-league defensive catcher even if he does show he can hit major league pitching?

Losing McCann would be a blow for the Braves, at least temporarily. I don’t see how it would not be, unless Bethancourt develops into a standout catcher quicker than expected.

Would McCann have signed if they’d offered him five years and $75 million a month ago? We’ll never know. But if they offer it now, I’d be surprised if he even considered it without taking a look to see what’s out there. And I’m not even sure the Braves will offer him that much.

Joe Mauer and Yadier Molina both got overpaid, no doubt about it. But the fact is, the marketplace is determined by more than a player’s value as perceived by writers, fans, sabermetric stats enthusiasts or front-office officials who’ve got a contract figure in mind and are thinking about presenting it at some point.

The market is shaped by actual contracts given and by the price that just one more team out there is willing to pay.

And unless McCann wants to take a steep hometown discount, he’s now going to get a lot more than $15 million per season. At least I think he will. Yadier Molina and the Cardinals just made sure of that.

♣ Pastornicky, aka “the Rev”: His first week in camp went smoothly for Tyler Pastornicky, who made his debut as the Braves’ new shortstop Saturday and is in the lineup again today (Sunday) against the Tigers, one of the few Braves regulars who is.

Wait, I meant to say it went “awesome.”

“He’s 22, after all, and even McCann still uses “awesome” to describe most anything that’s good/very good or better.”

“Awesome,” Pastornicky said of Week 1. “Getting in here and getting to be with the guys, hanging out and getting everything going with spring. It’s good. Ready for the games now. This is kind of the anxious time now, where you’re over the live BP, you’re over all that stuff and you’re getting close to the games and you want them to start. You’ve got to get the fundamentals down and you’ve got to get where you need to be for the games.”

Braves rookie Pastornicky makes his debut as starting shortstop.

Braves rookie Pastornicky makes his debut as starting shortstop.

Those of you here and on Twitter who’ve offered nicknames for the kid will be glad to know that “Rev” – as in Pastor, get it? – is one he’s had for some time among his friends.

“I like that one,” he said. “I got that one when I was 14. Clever.”

The comfort factor in camp is a little better with some teams than others. With the Braves, it’s real easy. I asked Rev if he felt more at ease now than before he got to camp.

“Definitely more comfortable,” Pastornicky said. “The veteran guys are making easy on me, making me comfortable and making me feel like part of the team. So it’s been good so far.”

On working with second baseman Dan Uggla: “I think everything’s been going good. I think we’ll do just fine.”

Braves Sunday lineup vs. Detroit

  1. Tyler Pastornicky SS
  2. Martin Prado LF
    Uggla is batting fifth in Grapefruit League opener

    Uggla is batting fifth in Grapefruit League opener

  3. Matt Diaz RF
  4. Stefan Gartrell DH
  5. Ernesto Mejia 1B
  6. David Ross C
  7. Brandon Hicks 3B
  8. Drew Sutton 2B
  9. Luis Durango CF

* RH Randall Delgado is starting pitcher, with  Julio Teheran “piggybacking” and pitching two innings after Delgado pitches two. RH Max Scherzer starts for Tigers.

♣ Doing us Justice: With David Justice and Fred McGriff finishing up their week-long stays in camp as guest instructors — just as Dale Murphy starts his 15-day stint — I need to pass along a couple of things from Justice including his thoughts when we asked him about his the movie Moneyball.

Justice liked the movie but said it wasn’t accurate in many ways.

He and Braves pitcher Tim Hudson were a big part of that Oakland team that’s the subject of the movie, which was an Oscar nominee for Best Picture. Hudson’s character (like the others of the Big Three starters for those A’s) got short shrift in the Moneyball book and movie, but the Justice character has a pretty big role in the movie.

Justice’s thoughts on the movie:

“I think from a larger perspective it was pretty good, telling the story of the numbers and all that,” he said. “But as a player you’re not in there on those [front office] meetings where they’re talking about the athletes, so how much of that is true I don’t know. I know none of my scenes were true.

“For example, [Oakland GM] Billy Beane and I had a great relationship, and when I was traded there I knew coming in that I was going to be a leader of that time. A lot of those guys – Tejada, Chavez – them guys were young. So he didn’t have to come in the [batting] cage and convince me to be a part of it [as portrayed in a scene from the movie]. I knew when I walked in – I accepted that role. That’s always been my role, I felt like.

“I like [the movie]. Art Howe [A’s manager], I know couldn’t have liked it. Because he was a really nice manager, great guy. I haven’t read anything about he felt about it, but they didn’t necessarily portray him in the best light – at all.”

Chipper Jones and David Justice were back together this week, 17 years after Justice's Game 6 homer lifted the Braves (and rookie Chipper) to the World Series championship in 1995.

Chipper Jones and David Justice were back together this week, 17 years after Justice's Game 6 homer lifted the Braves (and rookie Chipper) to the World Series championship in 1995.

One more thing from Justice, regarding his famous Game 6 World Series homer in 1995 that lifted the Braves to their only World Series championship. He was asked if that homer was still at the front of his memory bank. Yes, he said. And smiled widely.

“And I try to keep it there, to be honest with you,” he said. “Because when you’re done playing all you have is your memories. People will want to talk about it and I enjoy talking about it. It was a wonderful moment not only for me or for the Braves, but think about what a wonderful moment it was for the fans, too, that were there that night. The fans of the Braves. All of us are all included in that moment, so of course I’ll talk about it any time.

“It was a great moment. I’m just glad that God blessed me to let me be in that position. Seriously.”

OK, I lied, one more Justice item, this from Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. When I asked Fredi what impact Justice and McGriff have had on players this week, particularly young players I’ve seen them chatting with and offering tips at the batting cages, Fredi said “unbelievable,” which is Fredi’s often-used expression for very good/great.

Gonzalez talked of how of the scene that played out all week in the players’ dining room, where Justice and McGriff regaled players with stories from their experiences.

. “They talk baseball, they talk lineups with the Cleveland Indians, they tell stories,” Gonzalez said. “Funny stuff. That’s the way you learn. It used to be the old way, guys hang around the clubhouse and talk baseball.”

Including this one from Justice, as re-told by Gonzalez:

“When him and Grissom got traded to Cleveland, they came from Atlanta where they were used to playing an hour and 45 minutes — 2-nothing, let’s go home, we won,” Gonzalez said. “So him and Grissom got traded to Cleveland together, and David got to Cleveland before Grissom did, the day before. So the [Indians] go out and score four in the first inning and he goes out to left field, next thing it’s 4-4. They come back in the second and scored two more, now it’s 6-4, and they go back in the field and it’s 6-6.

“So after the game he called Grissom and said, ‘Hey, we’ve got to get in shape to play in this league. [Laughs] You hand Smoltzy or Maddux and two-run lead and it’s over with. Forget about that. We’ve got to do a lot of running in this league.’”

♣ OK, let’s close this Grapefruit League-opening blog with a splendid tune from the great Tom Waits. Because on a sunny, warm, breezy day like this, with the green grass in front of us and two big-league teams about to play ‘ball, none of us wants to grow up. Certainly I don’t. Not if that means having to stop riding motorcycles, listening to good music, eating BBQ or doing something other than watching and writing about baseball for a living. You can hear Tom sing it by clicking here.

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“I DON’T WANT TO GROW UP” by Tom Waits

When I’m lyin’ in my bed at night
I don’t wanna grow up
Nothin’ ever seems to turn out right
I don’t wanna grow up
How do you move in a world of fog
That’s always changing things
Makes me wish that I could be a dog
When I see the price that you pay
I don’t wanna grow up
I don’t ever wanna be that way
I don’t wanna grow up

Seems like folks turn into things
That they’d never want
The only thing to live for
Is today
I’m gonna put a hole in my TV set
I don’t wanna grow up
Open up the medicine chest
And I don’t wanna grow up
I don’t wnna have to shout it out
I don’t want my hair to fall out
I don’t wanna be filled with doubt
I don’t wanna be a good boy scout
I don’t wanna have to learn to count
I don’t wanna have the biggest amount
I don’t wanna grow up

Well when I see my parents fight
I don’t wanna grow up
They all go out and drinking all night
And I don’t wanna grow up
I’d rather stay here in my room
Nothin’ out there but sad and gloom
I don’t wanna live in a big old Tomb
On Grand Street

When I see the 5 o’clock news
I don’t wanna grow up
Comb their hair and shine their shoes
I don’t wanna grow up
Stay around in my old hometown
I don’t wanna put no money down
I don’t wanna get me a big old loan
Work them fingers to the bone
I don’t wanna float a broom
Fall in and get married then boom
How the hell did I get here so soon
I don’t wanna grow up

– by David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

1,656 comments Add your comment

ncgary

March 3rd, 2012
1:07 pm

Venice Jim

March 3rd, 2012
1:09 pm

Good start, Mike!

ColoradoBravesFan

March 3rd, 2012
1:09 pm

Any one have a link for the radio broadcast of the game? http://www.680is talking football…

Runnin

March 3rd, 2012
1:09 pm

I’m not getting the game on 680the fan. Some ridiculous rant about the Saints.

Trey

March 3rd, 2012
1:10 pm

They need to start making all Spring Training games televised.

Tomahawkin (Mr Boombastic!)

March 3rd, 2012
1:10 pm

Samantha

“Thank you Tomahawkin for your kind. I am here to make friends and make as much money as possible before school starts in fall”

I’m The Class Clown on here…D.O.B. and others on here can’t stand the fact that I Say old Mariah is Poetry

Welcome to the Blog, I will Take You Under My Wing

My Best Advice is Don’t Drink the Kool Aid and dont take the blog too seriously…?

And Better yet if someone takes a Cheap shot/Unprovoked Smart Ass attack on you, Put them on Ignore..Its easier said than done however…There are Blog elitists on here who get off on talking down to people

I’m hitting 6th BTW

Braveone

March 3rd, 2012
1:11 pm

From the previous blog which had 1,729 comments, cabravesfan led the way with 188 posts. There were 183 different poster names. Here are the Top 25:

Rank Poster Frequency

1 cabravesfan 188
2 tiger297 169
3 Murph 55
4 nolie 54
5 Samantha 52
6 B_F52 50
7 McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô: 50
8 Venice Jim 45
9 David O’Brien 41
10 Soph 41
11 raleighbravefan 41
12 uga-brave 38
13 ncscoots 35
14 Ease 32
15 Tom O’Hawke 32
16 Lew 31
17 richbrave 28
18 Ward 27
19 ChattTownBrian (CTB) 25
20 B-F_52 24
21 George 24
22 VaBravesFan 24
23 jeffrey d 24
24 New Mexico Lee 22
25 Tomahawkin (Mr Boombastic!) 22

George

March 3rd, 2012
1:11 pm

repost from old blog.
Here we go again, start of another season and another disappointment, The ATLANTA BRAVES leadership does not have the desire to win since TED TURNER gave up control of the team. Why do we start every spring with hope when we know we will be disappointed at end of season?

Brava

March 3rd, 2012
1:12 pm

WTG, Minor!!

Trey

March 3rd, 2012
1:12 pm

Samantha, whatever you do, do not listen to Tomahawkin’. He will get you in trouble. ;)

Kidding Tomahawkin’.

Tomahawkin (Mr Boombastic!)

March 3rd, 2012
1:12 pm

Runnin

“I’m not getting the game on 680the fan. Some ridiculous rant about the Saints.”

Yeah, That P’d Me Off!

I’m listening o 93.7 in The “A”

If Anyone has a good online link help Braves Fans out?

MFin04

March 3rd, 2012
1:12 pm

Well that’s a good start I suppose. A lot of pitches thrown though. That’ll effect his pitch count. ;)

Venice Jim

March 3rd, 2012
1:13 pm

680 can not stream the game due to MLB rules…

Tom O'Hawke

March 3rd, 2012
1:13 pm

Decent start for Minor, and the Rev was flawless in the field.

ColoradoBravesFan

http://tunein.com/radio/WKWN-1420-s30467/

Brava

March 3rd, 2012
1:13 pm

George, stop dropping turds on the blog. Let’s at least start out with some optimism. :)

cabravesfan

March 3rd, 2012
1:14 pm

I win again!

Tomahawkin (Mr Boombastic!)

March 3rd, 2012
1:15 pm

Trey

“Samantha, whatever you do, do not listen to Tomahawkin’. He will get you in trouble.

Kidding Tomahawkin”

(Yelling) Oh,I heard That Shyt!!! Say It Again! Say It Again!

Shyt!!! :)

jim

March 3rd, 2012
1:16 pm

The heart says sign McCann long term. The head says it would be a bad move giving his position and age during the contract years (33 gets to be old for a catcher).

MFin04

March 3rd, 2012
1:17 pm

About time to fire the hitting coach. How many pitches did we see in the first inning….4? WOW.

Tom O'Hawke

March 3rd, 2012
1:17 pm

Did George already get bozo’d from the Reds’ blog?

Tomahawkin (Mr Boombastic!)

March 3rd, 2012
1:17 pm

F Dud Selig And his MLB Rules…! and Copyrights!

I have 2 words for Dud Selig!

VaBravesFan

March 3rd, 2012
1:17 pm

Mike Minor is a beast.

Samantha

March 3rd, 2012
1:18 pm

Thank you gentleman, Like i said any questions just ask. Darn thought I was going to get the game.

Tomahawkin (Mr Boombastic!)

March 3rd, 2012
1:19 pm

Tom O’Hawke

“Did George already get bozo’d from the Reds’ blog?”

I don’t Think the Reds Have a Blog? I think they just have their teenage Justin Barbie MLB.com/forum

jason

March 3rd, 2012
1:22 pm

fielder got a hit

tiger297

March 3rd, 2012
1:22 pm

if you are local you can likely pick it up on the radio

Runnin

March 3rd, 2012
1:22 pm

Still haven’t found an online radio feed.

VaBravesFan

March 3rd, 2012
1:23 pm

I’m not sure the Braves can really afford to pay McCann more than 15 million a season. You really don’t want to invest that much into a catcher where most of the contract will be on the wrong side of 30. You want to spend the big bucks on players who can be counted on to play around 150 games or more.

George

March 3rd, 2012
1:24 pm

I guess because MLB makes fans that are out of range to hear local radio pay them for online radio, so they stop 680 from steaming game. It does not seem fair for the fans.

Tony LaRussa

March 3rd, 2012
1:25 pm

Molina is a solid, all around catcher. McCann is not. I’ll give Mac the edge with his bat, but Molina is no slouch and his defense and game calling are second to none in the NL.

The Braves will never cough up more than $15 million or more for McCann; they’d be better trading him off to the AL where he can DH or play another position.

Mac won’t be giving any “hometown discounts”. Remember JD Drew & Mark Teixeira?

nolie

March 3rd, 2012
1:25 pm

cheapo Braves waited too long, now Mac will be gone…and McFann will be desolate

Venice Jim

March 3rd, 2012
1:25 pm

Gameday is not doing pitch-by-pitch yet, but it’s better than nothing:

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_03_03_detmlb_atlmlb_1&mode=gameday

Tomahawkin (Mr Boombastic!)

March 3rd, 2012
1:25 pm

Time 2 eat, brb

ColoradoBravesFan

March 3rd, 2012
1:26 pm

Still no on-line radio for me either. Some one do some play by play… please.

nolie

March 3rd, 2012
1:27 pm

Molina is a solid, all around catcher. McCann is not….Tony

Mac was voted in the top three defensive catchers the last three years, his offense puts Molina’s to shame. there is no close comparison in total value

ChipperFan

March 3rd, 2012
1:27 pm

Great, thought-provoking stuff here, DOB. I have to say, you’ve pretty much convinced me right here that the Braves will have to let McCann go after 2013. An AL team would probably offer him $100m, and the Braves at that point will be trying to extend Hanson, Heyward, and others. With zero chance that the payroll is going up significantly, this is looking inevitable.

Sad to think of him leaving, but the economics of baseball fall on the just and the unjust alike.

Glad spring training has started! Go Braves!

tiger297

March 3rd, 2012
1:28 pm

if u can’t find it I’ll bet t-hawk can tell you-or if ur lucky he might invite you over to listen to it and enjoy whatever he has “on deck”

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

March 3rd, 2012
1:29 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief! But I’m a little scared to read it… ;) :(

Tom O'Hawke

March 3rd, 2012
1:29 pm

I don’t Think the Reds Have a Blog? I think they just have their teenage Justin Barbie MLB.com/forum — T-Hawkin

That’s too bad. That means we’re stuck with him.

I left a radio link… are y’all freakin’ blind?

nolie

March 3rd, 2012
1:29 pm

pretty unlikely he is gonna have an 126OPS+ again this year too

VaBravesFan

March 3rd, 2012
1:30 pm

I love McCann and wish he could be a Brave for life, but thinking about the whole ballclub going forward I think it would be a major mistake to pay what it possibly will cost to keep him. If Molina can get 15 million and Mauer can get 23 million, McCann has to be in the middle of them.

tiger297

March 3rd, 2012
1:30 pm

nolie – don’t be so critical look at last year and there OPS is so similar only and idiot wouldn’t understand how much more value molia has. Its a crime shame some people want to sign him so early

George

March 3rd, 2012
1:31 pm

Tomahawkin and Tom 1:19
The CIN newspaper REDS blog is not very good. AJC BRAVES blog is the best and DOB is better than thier writers, to bad the BRAVES team is not as good as thier coverage.

Samantha

March 3rd, 2012
1:31 pm

Tiger, I am in Gwinnett but still can not find it.

tiger297

March 3rd, 2012
1:31 pm

nolie – also it is still a long time until the end of 2013

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

March 3rd, 2012
1:32 pm

Mike Minor will win the Cy Young award this year!

tiger297

March 3rd, 2012
1:32 pm

cue t-hawk with the “im in gwinnett as well where you at girl” in 3…2….1

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

March 3rd, 2012
1:32 pm

MFin04

March 3rd, 2012
1:32 pm

Apparently we needed to get a bat or two in the off-season. ;)

Scout

March 3rd, 2012
1:32 pm

Catchers like Posey & Molina lead teams to championships. McCann will never lead a team to the promised land with his glove or inability to throw out runners.

Juan

March 3rd, 2012
1:33 pm

Braves batter 4 pitch, 4 out

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

March 3rd, 2012
1:33 pm

Where’s Soph?? :(

Mixxo

March 3rd, 2012
1:33 pm

That link wasn’t working Tom.

Juan

March 3rd, 2012
1:33 pm

5 pitch 5 outs

Trey

March 3rd, 2012
1:33 pm

Samantha, Gwinnett is a good place. When you get a chance, you should definitely go see the Gwinnett Braves play.

Juan

March 3rd, 2012
1:34 pm

All of this according Gameday…..Braves batter swing the first pitcch

nolie

March 3rd, 2012
1:34 pm

yeah Molina’s 88 career OPS+ compared to Mac’s 122 OPS+, makes them so close; you are right tiger, I just forgot

ColoradoBravesFan

March 3rd, 2012
1:34 pm

T-Hawkin… Thanks for the link but it doesn’t work here in CO. Here is what I get…

WKWN Logo
WKWN 1420
On Now: Detroit Tigers at Atlanta Braves (not streamed)

Juan

March 3rd, 2012
1:35 pm

Wow..hinske walk….

tiger297

March 3rd, 2012
1:36 pm

Mixxo

March 3rd, 2012
1:36 pm

Alright Jward…..DO something!

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

March 3rd, 2012
1:36 pm

Our offense will finish last in every category in 2012, including pitches seen.

By the way, what’s all this McCann leaing talk because of other catchers salary? Knee jerk reaction if I ever saw it. :roll:

nolie

March 3rd, 2012
1:36 pm

its too late now anyway. woe is us, misery will abound

Tomahawkin (Mr Boombastic!)

March 3rd, 2012
1:37 pm

What Happened? What did I miss?

Mixxo

March 3rd, 2012
1:37 pm

Ugh….. Jason lines out to kill that inn.

VaBravesFan

March 3rd, 2012
1:37 pm

Good start for Heyward, swings at 1st pitch and what do know? It’s right at 2nd base. I think we’ve seen this before.

tiger297

March 3rd, 2012
1:37 pm

nolie – sample size man look at 2011 thats what counts what have you done for me lately (or in a contract year in molina’s case)

Juan

March 3rd, 2012
1:37 pm

Ens of the second 0-0…..Heyward line to second first pitch

Mixxo

March 3rd, 2012
1:37 pm

Always next year!! :D

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

March 3rd, 2012
1:38 pm

Hinske will have an OBP higher than any other pinch hitter in the game. Most walks by any PH.

Gimpah & McError

March 3rd, 2012
1:39 pm

No mention of McCann leading the planet in stolen bases allowed last year, eh? How long do you think he’d last in Boston or NY when giving up mad stolen bases? We know his ego won’t allow him to be a DH at the start of a new contract.

Once again, the Braves are better off with a good defensive catcher behind the plate. Besides the Braves could make up McCann’s offense at another position for less than $18-$20M guaranteed.

However, feel free to resign his noodle arm and see where it gets ya.

Samantha

March 3rd, 2012
1:39 pm

Trey, Where can I get a schedule? Also work nights so can only catch day games.

nolie

March 3rd, 2012
1:39 pm

no I refuse to be optimistic about it in any way, when Chipper and Mac leave the world will end, if it hasn’t already this Dec :(

Juan

March 3rd, 2012
1:39 pm

Detroit pitcher 6 outs on 10 pitch

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

March 3rd, 2012
1:40 pm

Heyward hasn’t learned anything. FIRE WALKER!

Juan

March 3rd, 2012
1:40 pm

Now Varvaro pitching for the Braves

tiger297

March 3rd, 2012
1:40 pm

tnbrian – If braves offer tops out at $80M and an AL team offers $100M (which is likely based on molina’s offer) it isn’t likely we see mccann after 2013. People talk about a hometown discount but $20M discount isn’t likely for anyone.

MFin04

March 3rd, 2012
1:41 pm

Oh boy. Quickly the season hopes are fading away. 1-0. :(

Juan

March 3rd, 2012
1:42 pm

Minor good job 2 inning 1 hit 1 BB 3SO

tiger297

March 3rd, 2012
1:42 pm

George

March 3rd, 2012
1:42 pm

TOMAHAWKIN 1:37 you missed my reply, so here it is
Tomahawkin and Tom 1:19
The CIN newspaper REDS blog is not very good. AJC BRAVES blog is the best and DOB is better than thier writers, to bad the BRAVES team is not as good as thier coverage

Mixxo

March 3rd, 2012
1:42 pm

Jared Head goes deep. Tigers lead 1-0.

Lovely

Juan

March 3rd, 2012
1:42 pm

1-0 Detroit Home run from Head

Trey

March 3rd, 2012
1:42 pm

In the past, I have gotten magnetic ones from Turner Field. You should be able to purchase one from the Braves Clubhouse Store. http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/atl/ballpark/clubhouse_store.jsp or just look at their schedule on the Atlanta Braves site.

nolie

March 3rd, 2012
1:43 pm

SPRING!!!!!!

Gone Viral

March 3rd, 2012
1:43 pm

This is one of the greatest days of the year. Welcome back, Braves.

PS: F**K Hunter Pence.

(September 28 still stings.)

ncgary

March 3rd, 2012
1:43 pm

varvaro bit too good

Brava

March 3rd, 2012
1:43 pm

Tomahawkin (Mr Boombastic!)

March 3rd, 2012
1:43 pm

tiger297

“if u can’t find it I’ll bet t-hawk can tell you-or if ur lucky he might invite you over to listen to it and enjoy whatever he has “on deck”

This Blows, The station Cut out on 93.7 And Rock 100.5 Was playing “Free Fallin” (Which Is a Good Song)

But anyway Party at my house on the Patio

Juan

March 3rd, 2012
1:43 pm

No Bueno for Varvaro…homer & now a Hit

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

March 3rd, 2012
1:44 pm

That’s it! SEASON!

charlotte observer

March 3rd, 2012
1:44 pm

… for those interested .. streaming audio …

found a link on a Tiger’s network station …. http://player.streamtheworld.com/_players/nextmedia/?callsign=WSGWAM

Tom O'Hawke

March 3rd, 2012
1:44 pm

That link wasn’t working Tom.

That’s what I’m currently listening to, Mixxo. I’m in upstate NY. Maybe the geography has something to do with it.

Colorado — Don’t pay attention to not streamed. That’s what mine says to. Click on “Listen”, anyway. If you can’t get it, maybe it’s a geography thing with you too.

George

March 3rd, 2012
1:44 pm

nolie

March 3rd, 2012
1:39 pm
no I refuse to be optimistic about it in any way, when Chipper and Mac leave the world will end, if it hasn’t already this Dec
**********************************************
AGREE nolie.

brian

March 3rd, 2012
1:44 pm

great blog and great start to the grapefruit season. Ownership would be crazy not to increase payroll $5 million per year to keep McCann with all he brings to the team in addition to his silver slugger awards. That is if the BRaves brass feels McCann will be productive for the 5 years of his contract. If McCann’s going rate becomes >$20 million, the Braves will have to let him walk

Rick

March 3rd, 2012
1:45 pm

Thanks for the link Charlotte Observer.

VaBravesFan

March 3rd, 2012
1:45 pm

Varvaro trying to lose the bullpen battle early on.

Tomahawkin (Mr Boombastic!)

March 3rd, 2012
1:45 pm

Does Anyone Have a online link? Please Stand Up?

I’m looking at you D.O.B. as well and I’m Raising the People’s Eyebrow

nolie

March 3rd, 2012
1:45 pm

couldn’t have been Parrish, he’s gone and they are still doing it. Must be Fredi

Bravefaninok

March 3rd, 2012
1:47 pm

Just renewed my MLB.TV ……you get free gameday audio with the sub.

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